Romek Marber (born 1925) is a freelance designer noted for his work illustrating the covers of Penguin Books. He retired in 1989, becoming a Professor Emeritus of Middlesex University.
The 'Marber Grid'
In 1961 Marber was asked to submit a proposal for a new cover approach for the Penguin Crime series. He was asked to provide concepts for twenty titles in four months (between June and October).
Marber chose to retain the green colour for the series, though he used a 'fresher' shade. He also kept the horizontal banding of the previous Edward Young designs. The image on Marber's covers occupies just over two-thirds of the space, while the title section at the top is divided into three bands carrying colophon/series name/price, the title and the author's name, with the type ranged left. This arrangement was adopted for much of the rest of the Penguin line giving that publisher its distinctive visual unity throughout the 1960s and 70s.
Penguin books eventually decided that books in a series by the same author should have their own individual pictorial identification. Marber edited his original designs for Dorothy L. Sayers books by adding a small white figure, which he included in different postures on each cover.
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